Hear: Outer Space

You can now listen to the live recording of the première of Outer Spaceperformed by Ensemble NIKEL, on July 20th 2018 at the Centralstation, as part of the Darmstadt Summer Course. Please, use headphones or good loudspeakers, and play it loud!

Resident fellow at Villa Médicis 2018–19

From September 2018 until August 2019 I will be living in Rome as resident fellow at Villa Médicis.
I left Italy 12 years ago, and being able to be back here as composer in residence makes me extremely happy. I am looking forward to discovering a city that I don’t know anymore, meeting my colleagues at the Villa, and working on my very first orchestra piece, and my third string quartet!

Masterclass in Italy

I will be teaching in Milan (Italy), from 10 to 14 of December 2018. The masterclass is organized by Sound of Wander, and will feature me, alongside the mdi ensemble. If you’re interested in taking part in it, here is all the information you need (deadline for the application: 1 October 2018).
I am looking forward to going back to Milan, seeing old friends, and meeting new, young, talented composers!

Outer Space in Darmstadt, Utrecht, and Lausanne

This year has been all about interdisciplinary works. This is a direction that I have always wanted to explore, and I cannot be happier to have found people that will help me in this new path. Stay tuned!

Working on the short film Outer Space, by Peter Tscherkassky, put the research I am doing on visual music on a new level. Even without soundtrack, this film provides a sonic experience through rhythm, noise, and dynamic of the visual. Composing a music that could add a layer of complexity to the already stand-alone work has been maybe the greatest challenge I faced within the past years. The flow of information received by the eye is so overwhelming that not surrendering to a mere audio-visual synchronization has been a constant fight that I kept losing. So I simply decided to empower it instead, integrating not only the music, but the musicians themselves to the film.

The piece is a commission of the Darmstadt Summer Course for the amazing Ensemble NIKEL, and will be played in Darmstadt (20 July 2018), Utrecht, as part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek (7 September 2018), and in Lausanne (4 March 2019). I hope to see you there!

skull ark in Munich, Berlin, and Stuttgart

I just came back home after spending three weeks in Munich for the set up and world première of my latest work, skull ark, upturned with no mast. Working on this project taught me more that I could imagine. I did something I had never done before, and I am happy with the result and all the risks I’ve taken.
I want to thank Anna Kubelìk, for building my instrument; Eva G. Alonso, for being absolutely the best light designer of all times, and for the long night shifts; Chris Swithinbank, for solving every problem, and for creating the most magical environment; and the four performers, Emma Iannotta, Karin Hellqvist, Truike van der Poel, and Johanna Zimmer, for being open to realise all my requests — even the craziest ones, like “don’t blink”.
Big shout out also to Laura Martegani and Paolo Mariangeli, for being with us all the time, with their positivity, and hard work.


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We are presenting this piece again in Berlin, at the DAAD Gallery, on August 15th, and in Stuttgart at the Festival ECLAT,  on 6–10 February 2019. I hope to see you there!

Portrait Film by Johannes List

In February, filmmaker Johannes List visited me in Berlin to produce this short portrait video for the prize ceremony of the Ernst von Siemens Komponistenpreis, which I was awarded at the beginning of May. I am so grateful for the support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. We are currently working on a new CD of my recent works for large ensemble and orchestra for release next year. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Hindemith-Preis 2018

I am so honored to have been awarded the Hindemith-Preis 2018 and am looking forward to attending the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, where on July 23rd 2018 the award ceremony will take place.

Thank you so much to all the amazing musicians, composers, artistic directors, journalists, and friends who helped me to get here![photo Astrid Ackermann]